(Toledo, OH) While running errands this evening I came across a group of the hardiest, most fanatical video game enthusiasts I have ever seen.
There were about 30 people spending the night outside of the Best Buy on Monroe Street to get a shot at purchasing the new XBox 360.
"I read online that they were getting 36 of the new XBoxes in tonight," said Brian Grady of Toledo. "I wanted to make sure that my kids get one for Christmas."
Another man, whose name I did not catch, said he had been there since 2 PM today; this will mean an 18-hour wait overnight in temperatures dipping down into the low teens.
"I have on three layers of clothing plus this thermal blanket," he said. "We were taking turns waiting in my friend's car until his battery died."
The Xbox 360 Core lists at $299.99, and the "premium" version costs $399.99. On sites like eBay XBoxes have been fetching two to three times the retail prices.
Industry analysts debate whether Microsoft deliberately shipped an insufficient supply of XBoxes or whether this is a massive failure by the suppliers to the corporate behemoth to deliver the game consoles.
Molly O'Donnell, a spokeswoman for Microsoft, told the Washington Post that the company had projected that it would sell 3 million XBox 360s in the first three months, and that it is still on track to hit that goal.